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EWM: Autumn leaves in south Manchester

THE PARK NEXT TO THE house once occupied by 19th century author Elizabeth Gaskell is given a vivid autumnal flair by the russet leaves of the trees along the central footpath. Mrs Gaskell's house can just be seen beyond the bright painted railings of the sports area on the right.

Town/area: Chorlton-on-Medlock
Local authority: City of Manchester
Ancient County: Lancashire*
Date of Capture: 31 October 2003

TREES AND NEW HOUSES occupy the site where the Weslyan Chapel once stood on Dickenson Road. A green plaque on the house to the right tells us that the church was built in 1862 and was later used as a studio by Mancunian Films and the BBC. Early editions of Top of the Pops were broadcast from here.

Town/area: Rusholme
Local Authority: City of Manchester
Ancient County: Lancashire*
Date of Capture: 27 October 2003

THIS OAK TREE in Platt Fields park has turned a magnificent shades of brown-yellow. To the right are the flats overlooking Wilmslow Road with their sloping roof sections added as part of a recent renovation.

Town/area: Rusholme/Fallowfield
Local authority: City of Manchester
Ancient County: Lancashire*
Date of Capture: 27 October 2003

THE LAKE IN PLATT FIELDS PARK is a pleasant place to go for a walk, especially on a sunny morning in autumn. It is bordered on all sides by trees with a tree-covered island in the middle.

Town/area: Rusholme/Fallowfield
Local authority: City of Manchester
Ancient County: Lancashire*
Date of Capture: 27 October 2003

BIRCH PARK was once part of the estate of Birch Hall, the site of which is now occupied by Manchester Grammar School. This tree-lined walk leads from Birch Grove to Birchfields Road.

Town/area: Rusholme/Fallowfield
Local authority: City of Manchester
Ancient County: Lancashire*
Date of Capture: 27 October 2003

*The ancient or historic counties survived more or less intact from around the 11th century until 1974 when they were partially displaced and obscured by the imposition of new local government boundaries. The issue of lost county boundaries is the subject of an upcoming article in Eyewitness in Manchester.

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